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We, representing those who hope just peace in Palestine all over the world,  declare the following statement to protest to the recent Japanese Government's decision to participate in workshare for F-35 fighter jet which is to be used by Israel toward Palestinians and other peoples, making a dangerous exception to its decades-long arms exports restrictionsPlease sign the petiton (below the statement) to the persons in charge!

(see also the Palestinian BNC letter to Japanese PM)

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Statement: Japan must end participation with US and Israel warmongering!

We are deeply concerned with the recent decision of the Japanese government to make a crucial exception to its decades-long policy of strict arms export control by allowing Japanese companies to contribute to the manufacturing of the US F-35 fighter jet which in turn will be exported to Israel.

Since 1967, Japan has adhered to a commendable policy of prohibition of weapons exports to "countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts" as part of its efforts to promote international peace in conformity with Japanese Constitutional Law which vowed to "renounce war." Therefore, breaking these principles, particularly in the case of Israel, a country implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the course of its oppression of the Palestinian people, marks a dangerous and deplorable shift to Japanese foreign policy.

The F-35 fighter jet will very likely be used by the the Israeli military in its warmongering against Palestinian, Lebanese and other Arab peoples as seen during the recent assault against the besieged Palestinians of Gaza. Furthermore, the F-35 is a key instrument of the failed American war machine that has destabilized the world and decimated lives. Japanese participation in this project will come at a cost of the lives of Palestinians, Afghans and other innocent peoples around the world.

Therefore, we demand that:

1. the Japanese government immediately rescind its decision to participate in the manufacturing for the F-35 fighter jet and make explicit its prohibition of arms export to Israel as a country that wages war;

2. Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. who is to be the main contractor for the F-35, refuse to participate in this project or be the target of international boycotts for complicity with the Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

 

March, 2013

Agence Media Palestine (France)

Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Al-Jisr -- The Bridge (Japan)

Artists Against Occupation

Association for support of Al Ahli Arab Hospital (Japan)

Association to Keep Article 9 (Japan)

ATTAC Kansai (Japan)

BDS Egypt

BDS France

Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign - Vancouver (Canada)

Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from Within (Israeli citizens for BDS) 

Campaign against Nuclear weapons and Missile defence (Japan)

Campagne Civile Internationale pour la Protection du Peuple Palestinien (CCIPPP France)

Canada Palestine Association

Citizens Asociation against Revising Constitution (Japan)

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto, Canada)

Committee on Social Concerns of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ), Osaka District

Echo-Echanges ONG France-Japon

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Joint Trade Union for Christian Workers (Japan)

Jordan Communist Party

Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party

Jordanian Social Forum

Jordanian Social Left Movement

Kansai Common Action (Japan)

National Lawyers Guild International Committee (US)

National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee (US)

National Progressive Movement (Jordan)

Netherlands Palestine Committee (NPK)

Palestine Forum Japan

Palestine Peace Solidarity (South Korea)

Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton (Canada)

Palestine Solidarity - Sapporo (Japan)

Palestinian Youth Movement in Jordan

Progressive Arab Block in Universities and Colleges (Jordan)

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid - Vancouver (Canada)

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

School Students Union (AJIAL) (Jordan)

Students Against Israeli Apartheid - Toronto (Canada)

Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine (Canada)

US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (US)

Viva Palestina Malaysia

Voice of Palestine (Canada)

Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Canada)

Youth and Student Forces Supporting Resistance and Against Normalization (Jordan)

Letter to
Chief Cabinet Secretary SUGA Yoshihide 菅義偉 内閣官房長官
Chief Representative of New Komeito Party YAMAGUCHI Natsuo 山口那津男 公明党代表
Prime Minister ABE Shinzo 安倍晋三 総理大臣
and 2 others
Foreign Minister KISHIDA Fumio 岸田文雄 外務大臣
Defence Minister Itsunori ONODERA 防衛大臣 小野寺五典
I demand that Japan should stop the workshare deal for F-35 which is to be exported to Israel and keep the principled restriction on arms exports to the "countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts." I sincerely urge you that this deal means to participate in the war profiteering by the US and Israel and in the war of aggression towards Palestinians and other peoples.

イスラエルに輸出される予定のF-35戦闘機の共同製造への参入を中止し、「武器輸出三原則」を堅持するよう要請します。この参入計画は、アメリカとイスラエルの戦争ビジネスへの参加であり、また、パレスチナ人や他の人々に対する侵略戦争への加担を意味するということをお伝えします。